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The entire state of Vermont is within the New England Framework. Vermont is composed of three Ecological Provinces, the Northeastern Mixed Forest (211), Eastern Broadleaf Forest (221), and the Adirondack-New England Mixed Forest (M211). Understanding and managing the impacts of climate change on New England’s diverse forests will help us maintain their many benefits for years to come.

Use the menu above to explore Partnerships, Vulnerability Assessments, Forest Adaptation Resources, and Demonstration Projects in Vermont or return to the New England Climate Change Response Framework.

Please contact Maria Janowiak to learn more about this effort. 

Demonstration Projects

  • Green Mountain National Forest staff considered climate change effects and possible adaptation actions for a large integrated resource project.

    Federal, Maria, New England, Planning, Early-successional habitat, Demonstration Projects, Upland hardwoods, VT, Water resources

  • Vermont Land Trust is planning a timber harvest on a 72-acre parcel in Starksboro, VT, and updating the forest management plan for the property that is currently enrolled in Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program.

    New England, Todd, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, Recreation, VT, Wildlife habitat

  • The NorthWoods Stewardship Center has a mission of “connecting people and place through science, education and action.” Conservation, land management and education programs are concentrated in northeastern Vermont at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center's working forest and extend throughout New England. This project was intended to revisit the 2015 forest management plan and decide if any modifications should be made in regard to climate change adaptation.

    Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, NGO, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, VT

  • Trout Unlimited New England is working with partners to implement a series of actions to help riparian forests and coldwater streams adapt to climate change.

    Maria, New England, Flooding, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Fish habitat, MA, Infrastructure, Private, Refugia, Restoration, VT, Water resources

  • Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation developed the innovative Foresters for the Birds project, which works to maintain working forests and bird habitat by integrating the practices of timber and songbird habitat management. More recently, Audubon Vermont has been looking at its how its efforts to promote Silviculture with Birds in Mind can also help adapt forests to changing conditions.

    Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation developed the innovative Foresters for the Birds project, which works to maintain working forests and bird habitat by...

    Maria, New England, Planning, VT, Wildlife habitat

  • Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources is currently developing a Long-Range Management Plan for the lands which make up 15,510 acres of the Worcester Range Management Unit. Those lands include C.C. Putnam State Forest (13,470 acres), Elmore State Park (940 acres) and Middlesex Wildlife Management Area (290 acres by conservation easement), Middlesex Notch Wildlife Management Area (627 acres) and Worcester Woods Wildlife Management Area (184 acres). As part of this planning region, natural resource professionals are considering the potential effects of climate change on the area, with a focus on the block of lands surrounding Perry Hill on the C.C. Putnam State Forest.

    Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources is currently developing a Long-Range Management Plan for the lands which make up 15,510 acres of the Worcester Range Management Unit.  Those lands include C.C...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Recreation, VT, Wildlife habitat

  • Vermont’s landscape contains a diversity of forest types, which provide important wildlife habitat. Just as trees and forests are likely altered as a result of a changing climate, many wildlife species will also be affected. This project considers how anticipated changes in climate may affect wildlife habitat across nearly 5,000 acres of forest and wetland.

    Vermont’s landscape contains a diversity of forest types, which provide important wildlife habitat. Just as trees and forests are likely altered as a result of a changing climate, many wildlife...

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Management plan, VT

  • A climate change vulnerability assessment was developed for the Park's forests and used to inform forest management activities.

    Federal, Maria, New England, Action, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Invasive species, Upland conifers, Infrastructure, Upland hardwoods, Management plan, VT

  • Staff from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources are currently working to update the Park’s management plan, which includes a large amount of public input because of the park’s popularity.

    Mount Philo State Park is located atop Mt. Philo and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The 168-acre park is Vermont’s oldest State Park and is a popular...

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Management plan, VT

  • Okemo State Forest, 8,000 acres in the green mountains of Vermont just west of Ludlow Village, is in in the first stage of planning for an updated 20- year Long-Range Management Plan. This plan will incorporate information about the effects of climate change on local forests.

    Okemo State Forest, 8,000 acres in the green mountains of Vermont just west of Ludlow Village, is in in the first stage of planning for an updated 20- year Long-Range Management Plan. This plan...

    Maria, New England, Planning, State, Demonstration Projects, Landscape-scale planning, Management plan, VT

  • More than two-thirds of Vermont’s forest land is privately owned, making it important to reach out to individual and family forest owners about the potential effects of climate change on their forest lands and ways to help forests adapt to changing conditions. This project is working with a group of 12 landowners to help integrate climate change considerations into their management. Additionally, this project is one of two demonstration locations looking at the effects of climate change on forest bird habitats.

    More than two-thirds of Vermont’s forest land is privately owned, making it important to reach out to individual and family forest owners about the potential effects of climate change on their...

    Agriculture/ Agroforestry, Maria, New England, Lowland/ bottomland hardwoods, Planning, Demonstration Projects, Private, Upland hardwoods, VT, Water resources

  • Warmer, shorter winters are reducing the winter logging season, and over time, it is likely that more logging will need to occur in the summer under less favorable conditions. The Vermont Land Trust harvested one area in summer to better understand how warmer winter conditions could affect logging operations and costs.

    Maria, New England, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, NGO, Infrastructure, Upland hardwoods, VT

Products

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  • Doc

    New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project

    The report New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project details how climate change...

    CT, New England, Vulnerability Assessment, Doc, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Video

    Climate Change and New England Forests

    Across the Northeast, local forests have been shaped by unique combinations of landscape setting, climate and weather events, and shifting management priorities through time. Projected climate change...

    New England, Video, Vulnerability Assessment, ME, NH, VT

  • Brief

    Climate Change Projections for Individual Tree Species in New England and Northern New York

    The region's forests will be affected by a changing climate during this century, but individual tree species will respond uniquely to climate change, depending on their particular silvics and ecologic...

    CT, New England, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Workshop

    Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change - Northeast Workshop flyer

    Save the date - Workshop flyer for the April 4-5, 2017, Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change in the Northeast. More information forthcoming at http://forestadaptation.org/water. Download the...

    CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Workshop, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV

  • Brief

    Adapting Watersheds To Ecosystem And Climate Stressors

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) is launching a new intiative that will build on the success of the Forest Adaptation Resources and associated Adaptation Workbook that have be...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Brief, IL, Demonstration Projects, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV

  • Workshop

    Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices: Online Training 2018

    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub offered the popular Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training as an online, seven-week course! The w...

    CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Workshop, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Brief

    New England and New York Vulnerability Assessment Summary

    This 4-page summary covers the highlights from the draft New England and northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis. Contact Maria Janowiak for more details on this effo...

    CT, New England, Brief, Vulnerability Assessment, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Forest Adaptation Examples

    Presentation by Patricia Butler at the International Association of Landscape Ecology's 2016 Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, USA

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, DE, Demonstration Projects, PPT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VT, WV

  • Video

    Climate Change Impacts for New England Forests

    This recorded presentation described observed and projected climate change impacts for forests across New England.  This presentation draws on information from a soon-to-be-published vulnerability ass...

    CT, New England, Video, Vulnerability Assessment, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Introducing the Online Adaptation Workbook

    NIACS hosted a webinar to introduce the online Adaptation Workbook. The presentation explained how this new tool works and how it can help you integrate climate change considerations into your work. ...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, PPT, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

  • PPT

    Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Climate Change Tree Atlas

    Presentation by Louis Iverson of the US Forest Service Northern Research Station at the New England Society of American Foresters 2015 Winter Meeting.

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Woods, Water, and Wildlife: Designing Management Actions for Changing Conditions

    Presentation by Maria Janowiak at the New England Society of American Foresters 2015 Winter Meeting

    CT, New England, PPT, MA, ME, MI, NJ, RI, VT

  • PPT

    Engaging public, private, and tribal land managers in on-the-ground climate change adaptation

    This presentation to the Forest Service Washington Office in August 2014 describes compontents of the Climate Change Response Framework and highlights the application of the Adaptation Workbook that w...

    New England, Northwoods, PPT, MI, MN, VT, WI

  • Brief

    Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation: Flyer

    The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science are hosting a two-day Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation. Apply soon—this opportunity is limited to...

    Central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Brief, ME, NH, NY, VT

  • Brief

    New England Climate Change Response Framework Briefing

    New! The New England Climate Change Response Framework will cover more than 50 million acres of forest land, from the peaks of the northern Appalachians to the coasts of the Atlantic.   

    CT, New England, Brief, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

  • Doc

    Forest Adaptation Resources

    Forests across the United States are already changing in response to the changing climate, and natural resource professionals increasingly need to address new challenges for management and conservatio...

    Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods, CT, Forest Adaptation Resources, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwoods, Urban, DE, IL, IN, Doc, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV, Chicago

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